Farmers Hoping To Join Hemp Revolution

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
East Anglian farmers are being urged to join the hemp revolution and find out about plans to build a new factory to process thousands of tonnes of the crop.

A briefing will be held at Elveden, near Thetford, on February 8 to outline the many uses of hemp and to talk about the proposed Hemcore factory.

The meeting, which is open to all farmers and growers, is limited to 100 people, said organiser Chris Knock, of Agricultural Development Eastern Region (ADER).

There will be presentations covering the growing of the crop and how it fits into the rotation, existing markets such as horse bedding and the car industry, and the food uses possible from dual purpose hemp.

Hemcore managing director Mike Duckett will outline why the company is moving from Essex and look at the potential markets.

Hemcore is the largest UK's largest grower and processor of hemp and currently has contracts with farmers to grow 3,000 acres of the crop, but it wants to add another 1,500 acres for processing from this year's harvest.

Hemcore, which applied for planning permission to build a £3.5m processing factory at Roudham, was refused planning permission by Breckland Council in November.

Farmers will be briefed on the company's further plans ahead of the potential planting season for the hemp crop, which usually starts when soils warm in April.

ADER director and Suffolk farmer Mr Knock said: "The crop already has a multitude of uses, but two huge new markets are just now opening up - food and construction.

"Crushed hemp seed produces very healthy cooking oil, far better than olive oil in terms of essential ingredients for the modern health conscious consumer. The whole seeds, with a distinctive nutty flavour, make a delicious snack.

"Also, one hectare of hemp produces enough fibre to insulate a typical house. With the construction industry now having to take on carbon efficiency of both the building and running of structures, then in the near future thousands of new houses will be built with timber frames and hemp lime walls."

Mr Knock said the new Adnams brewery warehouse in Southwold had been built with hemp walls, so it will be cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

The natural hemp construction means the carbon footprint for the building will be extremely low. Jan 2007 08:06:18:753
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